WE Celebrate

Women's Business Awards


Celebrating the contributions and inspiration of women leaders in Cincinnati USA. 

Join the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in congratulating the recipients of our 8th Annual WE Celebrate Awards, honoring women and women-owned businesses for their achievement, innovation, social responsibility and mentoring. Thanks to all our finalists, sponsors, examiners and attendees for your support of the region's most accomplished women in business.

WE Celebrate 2013 Winners and Runners-Up

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Best New Product/Service of the Year | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Denise Bartick - MAX Technical Training
  • Runner Up:  Suzanne Burke - Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Finalist: Linda Fritz, Sun Sugar Farms
  • Finalist: Brooke Griffin, Skinny Mom
  • Finalist Ashley Werthaiser, Wright Brothers Global Gas

Community Impact: Business of the Year | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Alicia Tidwell - Luxottica
  • Runner Up:  Lynn Elfers - Affordable Language Services 
  • Finalist: Sandra Gross, Brazee Street Studios
  • Finalist: Tracy Nichols, PM/PC Direct
  • Finalist: Robin Throckmorton, strategic HR

Woman-Owned Business of the Year | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Litsa Spanos -  ADC Art Design Consultants, Inc.
  • Runner Up:  Teri Stautberg - CEO, General Factory/WD Supply
  • Finalist: Karen Cooper, SmartIT Staffing
  • Finalist: Cathy Lindemann, Evolution creative solutions
  • Finalist: Kristen Lindy, Green Mountain Group

Mentor of the Year | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Janice Urbanik -  Partners for a Competitive Workforce
  • Runner Up:  Jodi Truckor - Network of Executive Women
  • Finalist: Sandra Ambrose, ESJ Carrier/Without a Doubt
  • Finalist: Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks
  • Finalist: Pamela Lowe, Fifth Third Bank

Woman of Year - Nonprofit | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Ellen Katz - The Children's Home of Cincinnati
  • Runner Up:  Mary McCullough-Hudson – ArtsWave
  • Finalist: Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, UC Blue Ash College
  • Finalist: Jennifer Hauck, American Heart Association
  • Finalist: Valerie Landell, Visiting Nurse Association

Woman of Year - Entrepreneur | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Lori Wellinghoff - DIGS|Real Estate|Design|Renovation|™
  • Runner Up:  Terry Segerberg - MESA Industries, Inc.
  • Finalist: Susan Ingmire, Ignite Philanthropy Advisors
  • Finalist: Mackey McNeill, Mackey Advisors & Ignite Prosperity
  • Finalist: Julie Toren, BodyMind Balance

Woman of Year - Corporate | Watch the video

  • Winner:  Andrea Ayers - Convergys
  • Runner Up:  Linda Burtwistle - First Student
  • Finalist: Jan Armstrong Cobb, Duke Realty
  • Finalist: Kim Heiman, Standard Textile
  • Finalist: Susan B. Zaunbrecher, Dinsmore & Shohl

Businesses WE Watch Honorees

  • Connie Goins, APG Office Furnishings
  • Emily Frank, C'est Cheese Food Truck
  • Annie McManis, Copperfox Marketing
  • Megan Prather, Dogtown Cincinnati
  • Denise Munson, Erlanger Window Cleaning
  • Jenna Dunham and Katie Rhodes, FitChixx LLC
  • Jill Z. McBride, Forza Marketing
  • Janet Chambers, I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Mary Welsh Schlueter, The Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE)
  • Mimi Rasor, Rasor Marketing Communications

WE Celebrate 2013 Pinnacle Award RecipientWE Celebrate 2013 Pinnacle Award Recipient -- Victoria Buyniski Gluckman

New in 2013:  The WE Celebrate Pinnacle Award recognizing a woman who has reached the peak of career success and community impact. 

Victoria Byniski Gluckman founded United Medical Resources, Inc. and led the company to phenomenal growth before selling it to United Health Group.  Recognized as one of Fast Company’s  Top 25 “Women Who Are Changing the Game,”  Victoria lent the kind of qualified, informed leadership that the organizations she served needed to excel. Now retired, Victoria currently serves on the boards of U.S. Bancorp and Ohio National Financial Services.  She shares her community leadership skills on the boards of The Christ Hospital, Playhouse in the Park, Strive, Success By 6, The Christ College of Nursing, Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association.


View past WE Celebrate winners and finalists


A program of Women Excel, presented by:            WE Celebrate presenting sponsor:
                fifth third curious                                           Accenture
   Excellence sponsors:

             KMK Law
             Media sponsor:                                     Video sponsor:

For more information contact Diana Long, Women Excel program manager, at 513.686.2946 or dlong@cincinnatichamber.com.

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